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Turtle Mountain (plateau)

Turtle Mountain, or the Turtle Mountains, is an area in central North America, in the north-central portion of the US state of North Dakota and southwestern portion of the Canadian province of Manitoba, approximately 100 km south of the city of Brandon on provincial highway 10 It is a plateau 2,000 ft 600 m above sea level, 300 ft to 400 ft 90 m to 120 m above the surrounding countryside, extending 20 mi 32 km from north to south and 40 mi 64 km from east to west

It has timber, numerous lakes, and small deposits of low-grade manganese The Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation is in a valley on the southeastern edge of the plateau, and the International Peace Garden is also located in the region One of the most popular and largest lakes in the Turtle Mountains is Lake Metigoshe, which straddles the international border, with about one-eighth of the lake in Canada The region is home to Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, a state park, two historic sites, and various hunting and fishing opportunities Bottineau Winter Park, a modest alpine ski area with a vertical drop of 250 feet 76 m, is in the western part of the plateau


  • 1 Wildlife
  • 2 Human impacts
  • 3 Climate
  • 4 Communities in the area
  • 5 Counties and Rural Municipalities
  • 6 Parks
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


The Turtle Mountain area is covered by deciduous forest Woodland overstory species are primarily green ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica, quaking aspen Populus tremuloides, Manitoba maple Acer negundo, American elm Ulmus americana, paper birch Betula papyrifera, bur oak Quercus macrocarpa, and balsam poplar Populus balsamifera Common shrubs in the forest understory include beaked hazel Corylus cornuta, chokecherry Prunus virginiana, saskatoon berry Amelanchier alnifolia, nannyberry Viburnum lentago, dogwood Cornus sericea, highbush cranberry Viburnum trilobum and pincherry Prunus pensylvanica The area near Mary Lake includes the spotted coralroot orchid Corallorhiza maculata and calypso orchid Calypso bulbosa Turtle Mountain is home to moose Alces alces, white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus, beaver Castor canadensis, raccoon Procyon lotor and mink Neovison vison, as well as birds like loons Gavia species, great blue heron Ardea herodias herodias, black-crowned night heron Nycticorax nycticorax, the double-crested cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus and red-necked grebes Podiceps grisegena The abundant small lakes support painted turtles Chrysemys picta, wood frogs Lithobates sylvaticus, the Northern Leopard Frog Lithobates pipiens, and the barred tiger salamander Ambystoma mavortium123

Human impactsedit

Following the discovery of coal in 1879 there was coal mining in the Turtle Mountains near Old Deloraine town site in Manitoba and along ravines on the western flank of Turtle Mountain The Lennox mine opened in 1883 and mining continued intermittently at the Voden, McArthur, McKay, and Manitoba Coal Company mines until 1908 When higher quality coal was found elsewhere and the Trans-Canada Railway was built, the mines closed Small scale coal mining was revived during the Depression because Turtle Mountain lignite was cheaper than higher coal grades from Saskatchewan Peak annual production of the McArthur, Henderson, Deep Ravine, Salter, Powne, and Deloraine Coal Company mines averaged over 1000 tons each However, the Salter and Henderson mines produced 95% of Manitoba's coal over a span of about eight years The last mine closed in 1943 due to labour shortages during World War II and changed economic conditions4567 The old Deloraine town site is now covered by a man-made lake, made when the Turtle-Head Dam was built


Climate Station in Southern Manitoba, Canada

Communities in the areaedit

  • Belcourt, North Dakota
  • Boissevain, Manitoba
  • Bottineau, North Dakota
  • Deloraine, Manitoba
  • Dunseith, North Dakota
  • East Dunseith, North Dakota
  • Green Acres, North Dakota
  • Rolla, North Dakota
  • St John, North Dakota
  • Shell Valley, North Dakota

Counties and Rural Municipalitiesedit

  • Bottineau County, North Dakota
  • Rolette County, North Dakota
  • Rural Municipality of Morton, Manitoba
  • Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain, Manitoba
  • Rural Municipality of Winchester, Manitoba


  • International Peace Garden
  • Lake Metigoshe State Park
  • Rabb Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • School Section Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
  • William Lake Provincial Park
  • Willow Lake National Wildlife Refuge


  1. ^ Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship: Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
  2. ^ Turtle Mountain provincial Park Management Plan Manitoba Natural Resources, 1985 37 pages
  3. ^ Nature North: Manitoba Herps Atlas accessed January 1, 2014
  4. ^ Manitoba Heritage Council
  5. ^ Bannatyne, BB 1978 Summary of available data on lignite deposits Turtle Mountain, Manitoba with a note on other occurrences in the Province Manitoba Mineral Resources Division Economic Geology Report 77/1, 55 p
  6. ^ Bannatyne, BB 1979 Lignite in Manitoba Manitoba Mines & Energy, Educational Series ES79-1 7 pp
  7. ^ Turtle Mountain - Souris Plains Heritage Association: Turtle Mountain coal Mining
  8. ^ "Turtle Mountain Station 6" Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 in English and French Environment Canada Retrieved September 12, 2015 

External linksedit

  • Bottineau Winter Park
  • Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
  • Turtle Mountains at Dakota Search

Coordinates: 48°58′00″N 100°07′30″W / 4896667°N 10012500°W / 4896667; -10012500

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